3,000 strikeouts facts and figures

3,000 strikeouts facts and figures

Greg Maddux has become the 13th member of the 3,000-strikeout club. Maddux joins Fergie Jenkins in recording his 3,000th strikeout as a member of the Cubs, and the Cubs are the first team to have two players reach the exclusive club in their uniform. Coincidently, Maddux and Jenkins both wore No. 31 for the Cubs.

3,000-Strikeout Club
Pitcher
Seasons
Ks
Nolan Ryan  
1966-1993
5,714
Roger Clemens
1984-
4,440
Randy Johnson
1988-
4,303
Steve Carlton
1965-1988
4,136
Bert Blyleven
1970-1992
3,701
Tom Seaver
1967-1986
3,640
Don Sutton
1966-1988
3,574
Gaylord Perry
1962-1983
3,534
Walter Johnson
1907-1927
3,508
Phil Niekro
1964-1987
3,342
Fergie Jenkins
1965-1983
3,192
Bob Gibson
1959-1975
3,117
Greg Maddux
1986-
3,001

Note: Gibson and Maddux are the only pitchers to have pitched their entire careers in the National League. Walter Johnson is the only pitcher to have pitched exclusively in the American League.

Maddux is the fourth pitcher in National League history with 3,000 strikeouts, joining Carlton, Seaver and Gibson.

Date of 3,000th Strikeout
Date
Pitcher
Team
Opponent
7/22/1923  
Walter Johnson
Washington (AL)
at Cleveland (AL)
7/17/1974
Bob Gibson
St. Louis (NL)
vs. Cincinnati (NL)
10/1/1978
Gaylord Perry
San Diego (NL)
vs. Los Angeles (NL)
7/4/1980
Nolan Ryan
Houston (NL)
at Cincinnati (NL)
4/18/1981
Tom Seaver
Cincinnati (NL)
vs. St. Louis (NL)
4/29/1981
Steve Carlton
Philadelphia (NL)
vs. Montreal (NL)
5/25/1982
Fergie Jenkins
Chicago (NL)
at San Diego (NL)
6/24/1983
Don Sutton
Milwaukee (AL)
vs. Cleveland (AL)
7/4/1984
Phil Niekro
New York (AL)
at Texas (AL)
8/1/1986
Bert Blyleven
Minnesota (AL)
vs. Oakland (AL)
7/5/1998
Roger Clemens
Toronto (AL)
vs. Tampa Bay (AL)
9/10/2000
Randy Johnson
Arizona (NL)
at Florida (NL)
7/26/2005
Greg Maddux
Chicago (NL)
vs. San Francisco (NL)

3,000th Strikeout by a Cub

On May 25, 1982, Jenkins became the first player to record his 3,000th strikeout in a Cubs uniform. Jenkins reached the milestone in the third inning in San Diego when he struck out Garry Templeton for the second out. The bases were empty and the Cubs trailed, 2-1. That would be the final score of the game. It was Jenkins' first strikeout of the game.

Jenkins took the loss, giving up two earned runs on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and fanned four to raise his career strikeout total to 3,003.

300 Wins - 3,000 Strikeouts

Maddux is only the ninth pitcher with 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.

300 Wins - 3,000 Strikeouts
Pitcher
Seasons
Wins
Strikeouts
Nolan Ryan   
1966-1993
324
5,714
Roger Clemens
1984-
336
4,440
Steve Carlton
1965-1988
329
4,136
Tom Seaver
1967-1986
311
3,640
Don Sutton
1966-1988
324
3,574
Gaylord Perry
1962-1983
314
3,534
Walter Johnson
1907-1927
417
3,508
Phil Niekro
1964-1987
318
3,342
Greg Maddux
1986-
313
3,001

3,000 Strikeouts - Fewer than 1,000 Walks

Jenkins is the only member of the 3,000-strikeout club who finished his career with less than 1,000 walks. Before Maddux, only Jenkins and Clemens had fewer than 1,000 walks at the time of their 3,000th strikeout.

Jenkins had allowed 902 bases on balls before getting his 3,000th strikeout on May 25, 1982 (career numbers at the end of the game: 3,003 Ks, 902 BB). Clemens had walked 976 batters before picking up strikeout No. 3,000 on July 5, 1998 (career numbers at the end of the game: 3002 Ks, 980 BB).

3,000 Strikeouts - Fewest Walks
Pitcher
Seasons
Strikeouts
Walks
Greg Maddux  
1986-
3,001
894
Fergie Jenkins
1965-1983
3,192
997
Bert Blyleven
1970-1992
3,701
1,322
Randy Johnson
1988-
4,303
1,331
Bob Gibson
1959-1975
3,117
1,336
Don Sutton
1966-1988
3,574
1,343
Walter Johnson
1907-1927
3,508
1,355
Gaylord Perry
1962-1983
3,534
1,379
Tom Seaver
1967-1986
3,640
1,390
Roger Clemens
1984-
4,440
1,497
Phil Niekro
1964-1987
3,342
1,809
Steve Carlton
1965-1988
4,136
1,833
Nolan Ryan
1966-1993
5,714
2,795

3,000 Strikeouts - Best Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Upon his 3,000th strikeout, Maddux has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio of the 3,000-strikeout club pitchers.

3,000 Strikeouts - Fewest Walks
Pitcher
Seasons
Strikeouts
Walks
Strikeouts/Walks Ratio
Greg Maddux
1986-
3,001
894
3.36
Randy Johnson
1988-
4,303
1,331
3.23
Fergie Jenkins
1965-1983
3,192
997
3.20
Roger Clemens
1984-
4,440
1,497
2.97
Bert Blyleven
1970-1992
3,701
1,322
2.80
Don Sutton
1966-1988
3,574
1,343
2.66
Tom Seaver
1967-1986
3,640
1,390
2.62
Walter Johnson
1907-1927
3,508
1,355
2.59
Gaylord Perry
1962-1983
3,534
1,379
2.56
Bob Gibson
1959-1975
3,117
1,336
2.33
Steve Carlton
1965-1988
4,136
1,833
2.26
Nolan Ryan
1966-1993
5,714
2,795
2.04
Phil Niekro
1964-1987
3,342
1,809
1.85

Maddux's Milestone Strikeouts
Strikeout
Date
Opponent
Inning
Batter
1
9/2/1986
vs. Houston
18th
Danny Darwin
2
9/7/1986
at Cincinnati
2nd
Nick Esasky
500
8/24/1990
at Atlanta
8th
David Justice
938
4/5/1993
at Chicago
3rd
Jose Vizcaino
1,000
5/26/1993
at Cincinnati
5th
Bip Roberts
2,000
9/8/1998
at Montreal
1st
Miguel Batista
2,500
8/27/2001
vs. Los Angeles
2nd
Marquis Grissom
2,766
4/7/2004
at Cincinnati
2nd
Sean Casey
3,000
7/26/2005
vs. San Francisco
3rd
Omar Vizquel

Note: Strikeout No. 1 actually happened on Sept. 3, in the completion of a game suspended from Sept. 2. According to MLB rules, the strikeout is registered as having occurred on the day the game started, which was Sept. 2. Maddux's second strikeout was his first as a starter.

Strikeout No. 938 was Maddux's first with the Atlanta Braves, and No. 2,766 was his first after his return to the Cubs.

Most Strikeouts vs. Maddux
Strikeout
Batter
At-bat
31
Ray Lankford
103
23
Ken Caminiti
81
22
Jay Bell
82
21
Andres Galarraga
76
18
Bobby Bonilla
89
18
Jose Hernandez
39
18
Howard Johnson
74
18
Mickey Morandini
93
18
Reggie Sanders
65
Most At-Bats w/o K vs. Maddux
At-bat Batter
91
Tony Gwynn
32
Garry Templeton
24
Ken Oberkfell
22
Juan Encarnacion
19
Endy Chavez
19
Juan Pierre

Maddux's Double-Digit Strikeout Games
Game
Date
Team
Opponent
Strikeouts
477
5/2/2001
Atlanta
vs. Milwaukee (NL)
14
387
6/27/1998
Atlanta
vs. Toronto (AL)
13
470
9/23/2000
Atlanta
at Montreal (NL)
13
253
4/24/1994
Atlanta
vs. Pittsburgh (NL)
11
286
7/1/1995
Atlanta
at Philadelphia (NL)
11
555
6/15/2003
Atlanta
at Seattle (AL)
11
35
9/24/1987
Chicago
vs. Philadelphia (NL)
10
155
6/21/1991
Chicago
at San Francisco (NL)
10
194
6/30/1992
Chicago
vs. New York (NL)
10
199
7/27/1992
Chicago
vs. Pittsburgh (NL)
10
245
9/18/1993
Atlanta
vs. New York (NL)
10
289
7/19/1995
Atlanta
vs. Pittsburgh (NL)
10
382
6/1/1998
Atlanta
at Milwaukee (NL)
10
417
6/16/1999
Atlanta
at Houston (NL)
10
444
5/8/2000
Atlanta
at Florida (NL)
10
615
5/10/2005
Chicago
vs. New York (NL)
10

Note: The "Game" category designates Maddux's career game number.

Maddux's Zero-Strikeout Games
Game
Date
Team
Opponent
Innings Pitched
32
8/20/1987
Chicago
at Atlanta (NL)
2 (Relief Appearance)
34
9/20/1987
Chicago
at St. Louis (NL)
2.1
63
8/24/1988
Chicago
vs. Houston (NL)
7.2
103
9/16/1989
Chicago
at Pittsburgh (NL)
4.1
179
4/12/1992
Chicago
vs. St. Louis (NL)
7
197
7/17/1992
Chicago
at Pittsburgh (NL)
8
298
9/10/1995
Atlanta
at Florida (NL)
1
503
9/22/2001
Atlanta
at New York (NL)
0
507
4/17/2002
Atlanta
at New York (NL)
1
514
5/21/2002
Atlanta
at Montreal (NL)
6
522
7/3/2002
Atlanta
vs. Montreal (NL)
6.1
559
7/5/2003
Atlanta
vs. Montreal (NL)
7
574
9/21/2003
Atlanta
vs. Florida (NL)
5